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Analysis: Reflections after 20 years under the Statehouse dome

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty years ago when I arrived at the Indiana Statehouse to begin covering the General Assembly, the beat was among the most respected in the newsroom. Covering the legislature meant you were doing something that mattered – writing stories about taxes, highways, education and social issues, stories that helped […]

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Commentary: Great compared to nothing

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com President Obama last week announced a deal aimed at reducing the threat of a nuclear weapon being developed in Iran. He was joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia in a negotiated settlement with Iran that is now on its way to the United Nations for approval. Besides […]

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Commentary: Polishing the Peace Prize

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Political campaigns are tough in many ways. One general problem with them is that candidates desperately need to do or say things that will generate interest or attention in their campaigns. But if they win, they immediately have to transition from being an entertainer to being a statesman. Two words that should strike […]

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Commentary: Stars, bars and silliness

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org For reasons that should seem pretty obvious, I have never been a big fan of the Confederate flag. And after last month’s massacre in Charleston, SC, I am even less of fan. Now before we go any further, let me make it clear: I do not think the Confederate flag should […]

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Commentary: We’re better than everyone

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com My younger son and I went to a Chicago White Sox game this Independence Day weekend as we have the last three years. They have great holiday fireworks, fantastic food, oh, and the White Sox even won a good game as a bonus this year, 1-0 over the Orioles. One of […]

Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to use independent redistricting commissions to draw maps for legislative districts. That’s particularly timely in Indiana, where lawmakers are about to study whether to move the redistricting process to such a commission. It’s a move advocated by good-government type […]

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Commentary: Reagan’s gift of Kennedy

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com Ronald Reagan was posthumously vital to a landmark week in America.  It has been commonplace for some time for some Republicans to refer to themselves as “Reagan Republicans.”  Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has now established the standard for that descriptive. It’s weeks like these that should inspire Americans to study […]

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Commentary: 22 for torture

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com It was a violent time last week in America. Uncommonly violent sort of. On Wednesday, another mass shooting occurred, this time in a racially motivated incident in a Charleston, South Carolina church.  This tragedy overshadowed an important decision made by the U.S. Senate the day before on interrogation standards of the Central […]

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Analysis: Pence faces tough decision about how to campaign for 2016

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was no surprise on Thursday night when Republican Mike Pence announced he’d seek a second term as governor – but he did drop a bit of a bombshell about how he’ll do it. “I’m ready to take on those who would misrepresent our record and trash our good […]

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Commentary: Sedated by the surplus

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com “Sedated, we’re nursing on a poison that never stung…” –Hozier Hozier was in town Thursday night performing a summer, outdoor rock and roll show at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. The Irish singer/songwriter mentioned multiple times during his set what a great venue it is. And […]

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